Boulder, Colorado.—The Brewers Association, the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small independent American brewers, today announced its 2021 Board of Directors, adding four new representatives to the 20-person board.
Dan Kleban, co-founder of Maine Beer Company (Freeport, Maine) remains chairman of the board for a second term. He has served on the board of directors since 2015.
New Board Member Betty Bollas, President and Co-Owner of Fibonacci Brewing Company (Cincinnati, Ohio) becomes the second elected representative in the Taproom Breweries class created in 2019. New Board Member Marcus Baskerville, Co-Founder and Brewer Chief of Weathered Souls Brewing Company (San Antonio, Texas) was elected as the Pub Breweries Representative. New board members Chris Herron, CEO of Creature Comforts Brewing Company (Athens, Georgia), Virginia Morrison, CEO of Second Chance Beer Company (San Diego, CA) and incumbent Dan Kleban were elected as representatives of Packaging Breweries . The new directors will each serve a three-year term.
Tim Brady, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery (Brattleboro, VT) and Larry Horwitz, TEN20 Craft Brewery (Louisville, KY) were nominated by the Board of Directors to fill two general representative seats. Brady will serve a two-year term and Horwitz one year.
“I am honored to be in my second year as Chairman of the Board,” said Kleban. “I view the coming year as an opportunity. While we have a lot of work to do to resolve many of the issues that have been presented to us over the past year, we also have the opportunity to position the Association of brewers to thrive as we emerge from the pandemic.
Kleban acknowledged that every member of the Brewers Association has been affected in one way or another by the challenges of the past year, so it is important that the association looks at ways to help the industry. to bounce back. “We will continue to press federal and state policymakers to support our industry as we continue to operate under very difficult circumstances,” Kleban said. “The passage of the CBMTRA [the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act] this past year is a huge help, providing stable tax reform that will help brewers plan for their future while saving them money to reinvest in their businesses and employees. Issues of equity, inclusion and justice are also high on our priority list. The Board and I are committed to doing the ongoing work to help our beer community become a truly inclusive community. »
Kleban thanked outgoing board members Kevin Blodger (Baltimore, Md.), Larry Chase (Talent, Ore.), Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY), Wynne Odell, Odell Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, Colorado) , and Julie Verratti, Denizens Brewing Co. (Silver Spring, Maryland) for their collective 32 years of leadership, dedication and service. “I look forward to working with the new board members,” he said.
The 2021 Brewers Association Board of Directors consists of the following members:
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- Chair – Dan Kleban, Maine Beer Company, Freeport, Maine
- Vice President – Garrett MarreroMaui Brewing Co., Kihei, Hawaii
- Secretary Treasurer – Lea ChestonRight Proper Brewing Co., Washington, D.C.
- President and CEO of the Brewers Association – Bob Pease
Packing Brewery Representative Council Members
- Leslie HendersonLazy Magnolia Brewing Co., Oven, Miss.
- *Chris HeronCEO, Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Athens, Ga.
- Dan Kleban, Maine Beer Co., Freeport, Maine
- Garrett MarreroMaui Brewing Co., Kihei, Hawaii
- *Virginia Morrison, CEO, Second Chance Beer Company, San Diego, CA.
- Sarah NelsonFremont Brewing Co., Seattle, Washington.
- Jason PerkinsAllagash Brewing Co., Portland, Maine
Brew Pub Board Members
- *Marcus Baskerville Weathered Souls Brewing Co., San Antonio, TX
- Sean Casey, Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Lea ChestonRight Proper Brewing Co., Washington, D.C.
- Jennifer TalleyGrass Valley, California.
Representative Board Members of Taproom Breweries
- *Betty Bollas, Fibonacci Brewing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
- Melissa RomanoLake Ann Brew House, Reston Va.
At-Large Board Members
- Tim BradyWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, Brattleboro, Vermont.
- Larry HorwitzTEN20 Craft Brewery, Louisville, Kentucky.
- Jose MalleaBiscayne Bay Brewing Co., Miami, Florida.
- Fred Matt, Saranac Brewery / Matt Brewing Company, Utica, NY
- Peter Skrbeck, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
American Homebrewers Association Board Members
- Jill Marley, Everett, Wash.
- Roxanne WestendorfCincinnati, Ohio
- AHA Governance – Jill Marley
- Breweries –Tim Brady
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Roxanne Westendorf (Acting)
- Events – Leslie Henderson
- Executive – Dan Kleban
- Finance – Lea Cheston
- Governance – Roxanne Westendorf
- Government Affairs -Garrett Marrero
- Market development –Fred Matt
- Public relations and marketing – Jose Mallea
- Tasting rooms—Melissa Romano
- Technical—Larry Horwitz, Jason Perkins
The Board of Directors guides the strategic direction of the Brewers Association and governs the activities of the BA Professional Division as well as the American Homebrewers Association, Brewers Publications and events, including the Great American Oktoberfest® and theCraft Brewers Conference® and BrewExpo America®.
“2020 has undoubtedly been the most difficult time in recent history for the craft brewing community and society as a whole,” commented Bob Pease, President and CEO of the Brewers Association. “Although there are signs of a potential end to the health and economic crisis, the challenges of 2020 will likely continue for part, if not all, of 2021.
“I look forward to working alongside our new and long-serving directors to lead the way for the craft brewing community and provide timely and relevant resources to help our members of all sizes and types of businesses succeed during this period of continuous change.”
Contact: Jenelle Scott (on behalf of the Brewers Association), firstname.lastname@example.org, 970.963.4873 x224
About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association (BA) is the nonprofit trade association dedicated to America’s small, independent brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents more than 5,600 American breweries. The BA Independent Craft Brewer Seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers from small independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the beer world cup®, Great American Oktoberfest®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, FLAVOR™: An American Craft Beer and Dining Experience, Homebrew Con™, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The new brewer® magazines, and Brewers publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the United States. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the vibrant world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and on homebrewing via BAs American Homebrew Association® and free Brewing Guru® mobile app. follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.
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